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La China Poblana

3568 E. Whittier Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023


  • Sun-Mon 10am-7pm, Tue-Sat 10am-9pm
  • $
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
In the auto-repair district of East Los Angeles, La China Poblana is one of the better places in East L.A. to find the cemita, the classic street food of Puebla, a multilayered sandwich on a dense, toasted sesame-seeded bun, a crunchy thing that softens under the oily heat of its filling. The cemitas roll is sliced, crisped on the stove and crammed full of good stuff: thin slivers of avocado, slices of ghost-white panela cheese, and perhaps a tangle of pickled onions, carrots and jalapeno peppers. But the most popular filling by far is the milanesa - beef pounded to the thickness of a playing card, dredged in flour, and fried in clean oil to a sort of bronzed, leathery crispness that is closer in every way to a really large Maui potato chip than to anything you might call steak. Sandwiches $3 to $4.

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